Buildings occupied by Caring at Christmas in Bristo;

Caring at Christmas was formed in 1987 by members of the Julian Trust Ltd (charity number 294751) and other interested individuals. At the time the Julian Trust night shelter was based in St Thomas’ Church near Bristol Bridge and it was here that Caring at Christmas first opened its doors, offering a 24-hour provision for five days over the festive period.

In April 1990 the night shelter moved to Marlborough Street and two years later relocated again to Dean Street.  It was clear that moving every two years was far from ideal so the hunt began for a suitable warehouse property to convert and, surprisingly, after looking at many possibilities, an opportunity arose just across the courtyard from the Dean Street site. Caring at Christmas purchased this building in Little Bishop Street in 1996.

The Julian Trust contributed £121,000 from its funds for refurbishment of the building and for planning and publicity costs. Public donations received by the Bristol Night Shelter Appeal (jointly organised by the Julian Trust and Caring at Christmas), then paid a further £237,000 to complete the refurbishment work. The ventilation system, gas central heating and the toilet and shower block took up the largest proportion of this money.  In July 1996, after exactly four years in Dean Street, Caring at Christmas moved into its new home on Little Bishop Street.

In 2014 Caring in Bristol sold the building to the Julian Trust.  Caring in Bristol will maintain an office base in Little Bishop Street and now becomes a tenant of the Julian Trust.  Of course, the Caring at Christmas Shelter will take place as usual in the same place as last year.

Caring in Bristol can now invest funds, develop its work further, widen its income portfolio and provide a sound financial base for the next 25 years.

We can now make a real difference in Bristol by planning and harnessing the enthusiasm and commitment of our volunteers and supporters and by creating and sustaining projects that work in new, different and exciting ways.

By the end of 2018 Caring in Bristol will be delivering more projects which support homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol.  Our five- year operational plan will develop exciting and dynamic pilot projects which we will aim to develop in to fully-funded activities.